The Chronicle of The Kings of Norway

by Snorri Sturlson | c.1179-1241 | 320,198 words

The "Heimskringla" of Snorri Sturlason is a collection of sagas concerning the various rulers of Norway, from about A.D. 850 to the year A.D. 1177....

Chapter XIII - Saga Of Magnus The Blind And Of Harald Gille

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Preliminary Remarks:

An age of conflict now begins in Norway. On his death, in 1130, Sigurd left his son Magnus and his brother Harald. They soon divided the government, and then entered upon a five-years' conflict, until Magnus, in 1135, with eyes picked out, went into a convent.

The next year, 1136, a new pretender appeared in the person of Sigurd Slembe, who took King Harald's life in 1137. Magnus died in 1139.

Other literature in regard to this epoch is

  • "Fagrskinna" and
  • "Morkinskinna".

The corresponding part of "Agrip" is lost.

Skalds quoted are:

  • Haldor Skvaldre,
  • Einar Skulason,
  • and Ivar Ingemundson.
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